West Ham United have boosted their defence with the signings of Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop, but there was one other player that they were regularly linked to.
Last week, Sky Sports reported that the Hammers were in talks with Alfie Mawson regarding a possible move.
The centre-back, who is rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, was tipped to leave Swansea City following the Welsh club’s relegation to the Championship.
Burnley were also thought to be in the running for Mawson’s signature, but Fulham won the race.
On Thursday, the Cottagers announced via their official website that they had signed the 24-year-old on a deal until the summer of 2022.
It is a blow of sorts to West Ham as it indicates that Mawson turned them down them in favour of their newly-promoted rivals.
However, the rejection would sting more if Pellegrini had failed to recruit new defenders.
The reaction has been mixed from the fans on Twitter.
Kinda gutted. https://t.co/nAOABft9zU
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) August 2, 2018
We got Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena and Rice as options.
— jj ⚒ (@jeremiahhjoshua) August 2, 2018
Why, think balbuena is a far better player and left us with money to spend elsewhere
— Shaun Baxter#11 (@baxtershaun) August 2, 2018
He would literally be our 5th choice, maybe 6th.
— fluked (@Fluuked) August 2, 2018
Hinteregger is the player to buy if they have interest in acquiring another defender and perhaps letting Ogbonna go. If we hadn’t bought Balbuena I’d have hoped the Hammers would have gone for Mawson. Declan Rice also provides nice flexibility.
— Alex Hartley (@AlexHartley9) August 2, 2018
More gutted about that than losing out on Mario….
— james (@jameswhyte81) August 2, 2018
the one that got away
— LPK (@LPK97) August 2, 2018
More gutted we didn’t get @JVestergaard7
— tim (@Timswhu) August 2, 2018